A novel hybrid carbon material

Albert G. Nasibulin, Peter V. Pikhitsa, Hua Jiang, David P. Brown, Arkady V. Krasheninnikov, Anton S. Anisimov, Paula Queipo, Anna Moisala, David Gonzalez, Günther Lientschnig, Abdou Hassanien, Sergey D. Shandakov, Giulio Lolli, Daniel E. Resasco, Mansoo Choi, David Tománek, Esko I. Kauppinen

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Abstract

Both fullerenes and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) exhibit many advantageous properties. Despite the similarities between these two forms of carbon, there have been very few attempts to physically merge them. We have discovered a novel hybrid material that combines fullerenes and SWNTs into a single structure in which the fullerenes are covalently bonded to the outer surface of the SWNTs. These fullerene-functionalized SWNTs, which we have termed NanoBuds, were selectively synthesized in two different one-step continuous methods, during which fullerenes were formed on iron-catalyst particles together with SWNTs during CO disproportionation. The field-emission characteristics of NanoBuds suggest that they may possess advantageous properties compared with single-walled nanotubes or fullerenes alone, or in their non-bonded configurations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-161
JournalNature Nanotechnology
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • carbon nanotubes
  • fullerenes
  • SWNT

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    Nasibulin, A. G., Pikhitsa, P. V., Jiang, H., Brown, D. P., Krasheninnikov, A. V., Anisimov, A. S., Queipo, P., Moisala, A., Gonzalez, D., Lientschnig, G., Hassanien, A., Shandakov, S. D., Lolli, G., Resasco, D. E., Choi, M., Tománek, D., & Kauppinen, E. I. (2007). A novel hybrid carbon material. Nature Nanotechnology, 2(3), 156-161. https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2007.37